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Poster: wineland Date: May 19, 2009 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Garcia Interview '87

A very lucid Garcia is inveriewed on NBC's News On Stage. Mickey joins the interview. They talk about the upcoming Dead-Dylan tour. What caught be off-guard was when Jerry started talking about his kids and being a father. I get wrapped up in the music, the venue, and sidenote what drug is influencing his playing. I rarely think of him in his day to day life.

Does anyone else have stories of Jerry outside the music scene? How about hobbies or interest the other band mates had. Chance meetings with the band members?

http://www.hulu.com/watch/11363/nbc-news-on-stage-grateful-dead-jerry-garcia-speaks-vol-1

Edit: A not so lucid Garcia interview with Gene Shalit is tacked on as filler to the link above. It was from the Today show on 5.12.81. The show later that day was a cooker... http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-05-12.mtx.seamons.99045.sbeok.flac16

This post was modified by wineland on 2009-05-19 15:59:34

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 19, 2009 10:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

" Chance meetings with the band members?"

Brent came in when I was working at the Tower Records in Berkeley ( which is no longer ), He was tweeked out big time, eyes all bulging out and very paranoid acting and shaky. I felt bad for him because people were praising his status on the new album ( BTL ) and he was clearly uncomfortable hearing compliments you could tell.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: May 20, 2009 7:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

JOTS - very cool story. Any idea what brought him into Tower? Was he with others, or just bouncing around Telegraph on his own? It's hard to imagine him flipping through LPs like the rest of us, but then again he was human after all.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 20, 2009 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

I was actually on my break up the street in line at Top Dog ( love that place! ) and he came walking down Durant with a friend. I recognized him but didn't want to make a scene when the dude working behind the counter literally allmost jumped over the counter and ran out and started rapping with him, congratulating him on his prominence on the new record etc. which he was completely uncomfortable with. Anyway so I get my dog and head back to work and didn't even realize at first that he was in the store shopping. Here's the weird part - one of the suburban hippy types that was working there starts making suggestions to him and he ended up buying them probably to get away from the guy ( like I said you could tell he was real high and probably not in a good way as he seemed sketched out ). He ended up buying the gold disc of Crown of Creation and Stephen Still's first solo album. I always thought how completely odd it was him buying albums of bands that were peers with his band back in the day. Kind of made me realize how he wasn't there at the beginning of it all so no wonder he felt like the odd man out.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: May 20, 2009 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Thanks for all that context - it makes for an interesting snapshot. I can't believe the employee felt comfortable making music suggestions.... I think I'd have wanted to step back and just watch to see where he would meander (classical? jazz?). Neat to hear that he picked up those 2 cds you mentioned - I guess it's possible that he was simply replacing his old worn-out cassettes, but I hear you on the "he wasn't there at the beginning" aspect.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 20, 2009 9:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

I know, that's what struck me as odd. I guarantee any of the other guys would have picked up anything but rock or pop. They had a seperate classical store way down Telegraph. Phil used to come in there all the time but the clerk never would call me like I asked so I could go down and fawn over him too

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Poster: Pork Soda Date: May 20, 2009 9:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

He probably would've gone straight to the Bob Seger and Michael MacDonald.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 20, 2009 9:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Good one!

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Poster: barongsong Date: May 21, 2009 12:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

I don't think this counts but right after the 6-23-90 Autzin show I swear I saw Garcia come out of the magic bus replica with Kesey but the hood Garcia or the lookalike was wearing was giving off to many trails to be sure. Anyway I did muster up a "Hi" before he shuffled off into the night, just in case my hallucination had been real.

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Poster: Solo Head Date: May 20, 2009 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Chance Meeting

Flew into Logan in '82ish? waitng for my friend to show and as I'm waiting by the curb four limos pull up and I find out there for some Band arriving...Some Band? now I follow these drivers and low and behold here come the boys... I did my best to not fawn, but failed miserably.

2nd Meeting...Backstage at the Brendon Byrne on a Electrical Union pass, got totally hammered, Garcia passes by me headed to the vans, and I say " Can I Come?".

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: May 19, 2009 9:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Garcia bought a car from my uncle. In the late 80s my uncle, who lives in Marin County, had an old BMW for sale in front of his house. One day, a limo pulls up and the driver (I wonder who it was now that I think about it) goes to the door and says, "how much for the car, Jerry Garcia wants to buy it." He did buy it (cash) and came in to my uncle's house for a quick visit. My uncle was and is, in no imaginable way, a Deadhead.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 19, 2009 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Same BMW he got busted in?

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: May 19, 2009 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Holy shit. I never thought of that. This would have been right around the same time. I will be looking into that and will post re: same shortly.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 19, 2009 1:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

That's funny. I was wondering the same thing. How many BMW's did he own? Maybe the previous one had been confiscated.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 19, 2009 11:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Very cool stories one and all (BD, PG & PK!).

Can't wait for the update, Pat!

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: May 19, 2009 1:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

He was busted in the park in Jan 1985 so if the sale was late 80s then it must've been a different one.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 19, 2009 2:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Ah--right...he was looking for a replacement no doubt. With Smack. Foil, matches, plastic tube...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 19, 2009 2:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Damn, here I was trying to set up a defense for Jer to blame it on Pat's uncle ("hey man, just bought this car and the same was here. It ain't mine" - never mind statute of limitiations or fact he was caught in the act) At least the kids are getting those Pure Jerry releases out now....

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 19, 2009 2:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Oh, trust me...all that stuff came with the CA Yuppie model...in the glove box. Next to the owner's manual.

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: May 19, 2009 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

I met Jerry Garcia behind the Santa Cruz civic in the early 70s. The back entrance was a good place to smoke a cigarette. A van pulls up with several people in it. Garcia and his friends get out and start unloading their equipment. I joined the fun like a hired hand. Then it was time for a smoke and then some chat about music and that night's show.

Of course I had a ticket and some weed so we smoked a joint too. We crossed paths again at the Catalyst in the mid 80s...

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 19, 2009 6:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Cool as well! Jeeezzz...I shoulda hung out more...

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Poster: gumby69 Date: May 20, 2009 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Anyone know where to watch this outside of the US? It's fuckin' assine being from Canada and these sites aren't viewable. Arghhhh!!!!!!!!

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: May 19, 2009 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

I was living in Kona, Hawaii back in the early 90's. Back then there was a photo booth with all sorts of tropical birds, parrots, macaws, cockatoos etc, and tourists would have their pictures taken with birds all over them as souvenirs

Every once in a while I would take my 2 year old son there to look at the birds, he loved it.

Anyway, one day, I took him down there, and I was wearing my JGB in Hawaii shirt (The earth day show happened a couple of weeks before.) I wasn't really paying attention, but I heard someone say "Nice Shirt". I looked up and it was Billy with his wife, wearing Aloha shirts and covered with birds.

I got to talking with him a little, and invited him up to the radio station I was working at for an interview, we were also running a battle of the bands show the next day on a farm in Waimea, so I asked him if he would like to be a judge, he politely declined.

During the course of the conversation, we talked about how the band members liked to visit Kona because it was a place in the US where they could visit and basically be left alone, not a lot of people recognized them (keep in mind, he initiated the conversation, I was not approaching him.)

Anyway, I mentioned that we all knew that the band, especially Jerry liked to scuba dive off the coast, and that he was known to hang around Jack's Diving Locker in Kona. He laughed and told me that what Jerry did could not really be called scuba diving. He said that Jerry would descend about 20 feet or so and just float there because he felt weightless and it relaxed him. I thought that was a cute story.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 19, 2009 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Met Jerry at the luggage pickup area in SFO at some point in earliesh part of '89. He was waiting on his own bag and I just strolled over and told him I didn't want to bother him but merely thank him for all the great times. I knew Annabelle (who used to sell tix at a lot of shows, and was always making some extra cash in front of the Stone) and her friend Acacia Scully, so we talked about the girls for a minute - I hit him on the Dad angle. He was very nice, jovial and polite. I didn't take more than a few minutes of his time and did not bother him for an autograph. I hope I wasn't a pestering fan but he was very receptive and friendly.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 19, 2009 12:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

" I hope I wasn't a pestering fan but he was very receptive and friendly."

unless you're the type that Estimated is based on, I say only a jerk would be put off by some kind words from a fan. Sounds like he was cool, that's always good to hear about people you like. Most likely I'd act like Waynes world - " I'm not worthy I'm not worthy"

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 19, 2009 9:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

That's a nice image... I'm trying to imagine what Jerry looked like an a bathing suit in the early 90s.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: May 19, 2009 9:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Kind of like Charles Barkley in that commercial where he is in that motion suit for the Old School Basketball game.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: May 21, 2009 12:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

I met the guys a few times backstage, not so much as they'd remember me. It was always a huge deal for me. But, I remember outside the Uptown for a show in August of 1980, when I had the gonads to knock on the smoked window of a limo, only to have that window roll down and to find a certain Mr. Garcia in back. Long story short, he gave me a ride around the block a little conversation and the memory of a lifetime. He was indulging at the time, something probably from Peru, I would suspect.

I've met only a few of my personal heros, but I have to say that Jerry was as personable, and friendly as any of them. He was animated, and willing to graciously accept my raving and drooling.


This post was modified by staggerleib on 2009-05-21 19:34:28